On Thursday August 2nd @ 5:15pm our 61 year old mother, Veronica Kirkland, was involved in a head-on car accident. While her seatbelt saved her life, it also caused incredible internal damage. Every rib on her right side is fractured as is her lumbar vertebrae 1 & 2 and her right ankle was shattered. Her broken ribs punctured her diaphragm in 2 places as well as her lung cavity. She had her spleen AND colon removed completely and is left with 1/3 of her small intestine. She will likely lose as least 3 fingers from slow blood circulation. She’s already had 7 surgeries with at least a few more this week. IF she makes it through this very critical time, her road to recovery will be very long and very hard. She is currently in an ICU in the Bay Area in critical conditional and on life support.
The last 2 months have been immensely stressful for her. She recently relocated from Santa Cruz, CA to Northeastern Texas for a fresh new start after having difficulty finding consistent work in CA. Sadly, all of her belongings became infested with Bedbugs from the moving company and she lost everything she owned. After a few weeks of just plain bad luck, she decided to head back to the Bay area. She arrived on Wednesday August 1st and the accident happened the very next day.
Our Mom is single and has no family in the area, even her friends are quite a distance from the hospital. Her 4 children (Amethyst, Angelene, Andrew and April) hopped in cars and planes around the United States to get to her and are with her now. All of us work in fields where we don’t get paid if we aren’t at work. Because of the forest fires up in Northern California, many people are migrating south and the hotel rooms close to the hospital are extremely expensive if available at all. We know it is giving her strength having her children by her side, but resources are minimal as we have a very small family. Funds raised will go towards:
Immediate needs- housing, food, car rental & gas etc. so her children can stay with her until she is awake and more stable Long term needs- Medical bills which have started to accumulate, rotating at least 1 child at a time to be with her over the next 6 months, a car (for when she can drive as hers was totaled), accommodations suitable for her physical limitations once she is out of constant medical care, etc.
None of us have any experience with any of this and we are really learning as we go here. If you have additional ideas or other offerings beyond financial support, please don’t hesitate to email Amethyst at [email redacted] Please continue to send prayers her way as she is really in the thick of it and not yet stable. We thank you so much for helping our mom! <3
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